How to Adjust Compression (REVO ARC)
The REVO ARC incorporates a compression adjustment feature on the reservoir of the shock for both the piggyback and remote reservoir models. The compression adjustment incorporates an internal needle valve which allows you to manipulate the oil flow within the shock on the compression stroke to fine-tune how soft or firm the ride feels.
Before, applying any fine-tuning compression adjustments to your shocks, you will want to sure you have set your sag properly. Please read our How to Set Sag on REVO ARCS article before making any fine-tuning compression adjustments.
The compression adjustment is based on personal preference. This means, that there is no standard setting we recommend for any particular rider or group of riders out there. This setting is what feels right to YOU, and you will want to experiment with the different compression settings until you have achieved "YOUR" ideal ride quality in terms of firmness.
On the REVO-ARC you have 7 positions or "clicks" of adjustment. Position 7 which is 7 clicks counterclockwise from fully clockwise, results in the least amount of compression (softest setting), and position 1, being 1 click out counterclockwise from fully clockwise results in the most compression (stiffest setting).We generally recommend starting with your compression settings at 3-4 turns out from the fully closed (clockwise) position for your initial test ride with your new REVO ARCs. From there, you can easily make changes based on road conditions, riding configuration, or riding style by simply turning the dial. We recommend running the same compression setting on both shocks equally.
The compression adjustment is purely rider preference, meaning one rider may prefer position 7, whereas another rider may prefer position 1. It's up to you as the rider to experiment and determine which position you like best.
Please remember when adjusting your compression or rebound settings, to only adjust the compression setting OR rebound setting between test rides, and not both. This will reduce the number of variables when adjusting between test rides.
For information on rebound settings, please refer to our How to Adjust Rebound (REVO ARC) article.
For information on the initial setup and adjustment of your REVO ARCs, please refer to our article on Initial Setup Instructions.